Gulu: Health Workers Trained in Modern Ways of Making Artificial Limbs

A total of 15 Orthopedic technologists from various health facilities across Uganda this week received high level training on modern methods of making artificial limbs.

The 5-day training at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital Orthopedic workshop was conducted by leading technologists from Swiss Limbs, a Switzerland based non-profit.

According to Mr. Filippo Nishino, the President Swiss Limbs, the Ugandan technologists were taken though building Monolimbs at knee level.

This technology, he says, is light, healthier and affordable.

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Bigirwa Emmanuel, an Orthopedic Technologist from Kampala said he learnt many new skills in making above-the-knee prosthesis and below the knee technique that he says is very vital in his work

Ms. Joyce Laker, the Program manager at Trust Fund for victims AVSI Foundation Gulu said they are targeting over 400 victims of the LRA insurgency, to provide them with physical rehabilitation in form of artificial limbs and psychological support.

AVSI Foundation Uganda supported the training in Gulu.

Northern Uganda suffered two decades LRA insurgency and many people lost their limbs due to land mines and gunshot wounds during the war.

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